Country Joe & The Fish

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Documentaries Folk Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": psychedelic rock psychedelic 60s classic rock rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Berkeley, California, USA, in 1965, this imaginative quintet began life as the Instant Action Jug Band. Former folk singer Country Joe McDonald (1 January 1942, El Monte, California, USA) established the band with guitarist Barry Melton (b. 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA), the only musicians to remain in the line-up throughout its turbulent history. Part of a politically active family, McDonald immersed himself in the activism centred on Berkeley, and his group’s earliest recording, ‘I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag’ (1965), was a virulent attack on the Vietnam war. The following year an expanded line-up, McDonald, Melton, David Cohen (guitar/keyboards), Paul Armstrong (bass) and John Francis Gunning (drums) embraced electricity with a privately pressed EP. By 1967 Armstrong and Gunning had been replaced, respectively, by Bruce Barthol and Gary ‘Chicken’ Hirsh. This reshaped quintet was responsible for Electric Music For...

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